Tea plantation organized by William Gates LeDuc

Tea plantation organized by William Gates LeDuc

Tea plantation organized by William Gates LeDuc near Charleston, South Carolina, ca.1905. From the William LeDuc and family papers (a manuscripts collection) at the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Agricultural fair poster

Agricultural fair poster

Poster advertising a late-twentieth-century reenactment of a nineteenth-century agricultural fair, undated. The Great Western Band often performed at such events between the 1860s and 1900. From the poster collection of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Corn Production in Minnesota, 1866–2016

The story of the transformation of Minnesota’s landscape from the earliest European immigration to the twenty-first century is a story about corn. The change in production and yield of corn is a study of the impact of applied science and technology. Although the yearly increments of change in production practices and yield were small, their aggregate impact was astounding. They can be broken into three major phases: mechanical, chemical, and biological.

Black-and-white photograph of Dakota women and children guarding corn from blackbirds, August 1862.

Dakota women and children guarding corn from blackbirds

Dakota women and children guarding corn from blackbirds. Photograph by Adrian John Ebell (Whitney's Gallery), August 1862.

Color photograph of a European corn-borer caterpillar.

European corn-borer caterpillar

European corn-borer caterpillar. Photograph by Keith Weller, 2007.

Color photograph of a female European corn borer moth (Ostrinia nubilalis), June 2005.

European corn borer moth

A female European corn borer moth (Ostrinia nubilalis), June 2005.

Corn stalk cutter in field. Photograph by Norton & Peel, April 28, 1950.

Corn stalk cutter

Corn stalk cutter in field. Photograph by Norton & Peel, April 28, 1950.

Farmers picking corn, ca. 1950.

Farmers picking corn

Farmers picking corn, ca. 1950.

Corn laboratory, Northrup, King and Company, Minneapolis. Photograph by Norton & Peele, January 12, 1945.

Corn laboratory

Corn laboratory, Northrup, King and Company, Minneapolis. Photograph by Norton & Peele, January 12, 1945.

Field of hybrid corn, ca. 1945.

Field of hybrid corn

Field of hybrid corn, ca. 1945.

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